CNN Student News – December 20, 2016 | How to Clean Burj Khalifa – the Highest Building in the World


Happy Valentine`s Day, everyone.

I`m CarlAzuz.

Welcome to another lovely edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.

One thing that isn`t lovelyas far as many Americans are concerned, the weather.

From North Carolina to Boston, anotherwinter storm is frosting the East Coast, possibly the worst the northeast has seen this winter.

Ice, sleet, snow, freezing rain, all making it nearly impossible in some places to goanywhere.

And staying home wasn`t great either for more than 700,000 power customers in thedark.

New Yorkers were looking at 15 inches of snow and that`s just a snapshot of theeastern seaboard.

Right now, Mother Nature is serving up tragedyand misery.

There are ten confirmed deaths due to the storm.

Obviously, amid this tragedy,there also problems and pain, but some people are able to find simple pleasures in so muchwicked weather.

A snowball fight in front of the Lincoln Memorialshows the lighter side of the storm, but government agencies are taking the snow seriously.

Forecastersexpect up to ten inches of snow in the nation`s capital.

Officials have ordered all federaloffices closed.

The plows were out on force Wednesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, butfor a lot of stranded drivers, it didn`t do much good.

Officials in the southeast urgepeople to stay home if they could as the road conditions got progressively worse.

Even firstresponders who are having a hard time getting around slipping and sliding as they try toget their vehicles moving again.

As if ice on roads wasn`t bad enough, theweight of ice and snow brought trees down into power lines and in some cases, into homes.

This "Roll Call" is going to the dogs, becauseValentine`s Day is all about puppy love.

At Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, Missouri,we`ve got the bull dogs.

Thanks for watching, yo.

Up to Chicago, Illinois, it`s where we findthe Uno Soccer Academy High School and the fearsome wolves.

And in Williston, North Dakota,some coyotes are watching CNN STUDENT NEWS.

Howlo to Williston High School.

All right, big business is making big headlinesthis week.

Cable and Internet provider Comcast is planning to buy Time Warner Cable for $45billion.

This would combine the two biggest cable companies in the U.


And give Comcast$30 million customers.

The U.


government must first approve the deal, and it may not,if it thinks it would give the new company too much control over the market.

Both Comcastand Time Warner Cable say this is good news for customers, that the merger will mean higherbroadband Internet speeds, faster Wi-Fi in people`s homes, faster releases of new products.

But critics are concerned it would limit people`s choices and lead to higher prices.

And lastyear, a consumer satisfaction index ranked the companies lowest in the nation for TVand Internet customer service.

Can you sue the president? The answer is yes.

Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton, George W.

Bush and Barack Obama have all been sued.

The outcomes vary, of course, but it shows you that even the leader of the country isnot immune to lawsuits.

The latest one involving President Obama has been brought by RepublicanSenator Rand Paul.

He says the president and other parts of the U.


government violatedAmericans privacy rights by collecting millions of Americans phone and email records.

Thegovernment says its controversial program has helped to prevent terrorism.

What thecourts will say is uncertain.

Senator Rand Paul`s lawsuit joined by theTea Party umbrella group FreedomWorks is the latest legal effort to put the heat on PresidentObama and the National Security Agency over collection of telephone metadata, the numbers,dates and times of calls, but not the content.

This we believe will be a historic lawsuit.

We think it may well be the largest class action lawsuit every filed on behalf of theBill of Rights.

An unusual lawsuit that Paul hopes will gainpublic support, it goes after the president and the director of National Intelligence,of the NSA and the FBI, on behalf of millions who have been customers, users and subscribersof phone service since 2006.

Paul wants the federal courts to declare themetadata collection program unconstitutional, shut it down and order the government to approach(ph) the information from its systems.

But the administration insists the program islegal.

It has been found to be lawful by multiplecourts.

And it receives oversight from all three branches of government including theCongress.

Is the lawsuit a good idea? Our information, I think it should be private.

The idea that anybody could be listening tomy private life.

That kind of, you know, it`s a little bit creepy.

I think it`s just kind of a stunt to get attention.

I doubt anything (INAUDIBLE) should go over to the lawsuit.

There were already cases in the federal courtsinvolving the same legal questions: whether the program violates your constitutional right.

There is no question that the underlying legalquestion is going to have to be resolved by the federal courts sometimes soon.

It justdoesn`t seem like Senator Paul suit is going to be the vehicle, through which the courtsdo it.

Time for "The Shoutout.

" Acrophobia is thefear of what? If you think you know it, shout it out! Is it ice, spiders, dancing or heights?You`ve got three seconds, go! If you dread heights, you might just be acrophobicand you wouldn`t want the job we`re about to describe.

That`s your answer and that`syour shoutout.

And that`s because it`s at the world`s tallestbuilding.

Not near the bottom of it, not indoors.

The Burj Khalifa stands more than half a milehigh.

It`s located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a place that`s no stranger to sand storms.

How do they keep it clean? When they built the world`s tallest building,Dubai`s Burj Khalifa, it was covered in 24,000 separate panels of glass.

Dipak Ghal`s jobis keeping them clean.

"The work is interesting, and the view isbeautiful," he tells me.

Dipak is one of around 60 migrant workers, mostly from Nepal, Indiaand the Philippines who clean windows here.

And in this dusty desert climate, there isplenty of work for them.

They start at the very tip top.

We`re standing on the 159th floor of the BurjKhalifa.

That`s about 35 stories higher than most tourists get to go.

It doesn`t soundthat high, perhaps.

But if you come over here, take a look over the edge, I think you mightchange your mind.

It`s more than 2700 feet, or nearly a kilometerstraight down, certainly not a job for the faint of heart, especially when you`re repelling.

Dipak had never seen a building even halfthis height before, let alone climbed one.

But his brother said he should leave Katmanduand give it a try.

Safety comes first.

And while they trust their equipment, harnessesand ropes are checked and double checked.

Wind speed is also measured.

Because up here,one big gust could be dangerous.

"The wind can toss you around the building,from right to left, "He says.

"If it`s too strong, we don`t work that day.

" When the inspections are done, they step outover the edge and deep down to business.

It will take those three months to clean eachand every window and then they start all over again.

The building`s contractor, though,says, rope access is still the most efficient way to get the job done.

For Dipak, it`s alsoa decent living.

As a new recruit, he can make over $600 a month, much more than he`dearned as a construction worker building skyscrapers like this one.

"My mom always asks me why I do this.

Andsays it looks dangerous," he tells me.

She wants me to come back to Nepal and get a regularjob, but I tell them no, no, no.

I like it.

And this is a good living.

And he says, just another day at the office.

Jon Jensen, CNN, Dubai.

Americans are expected to spend $17.

3 billionon Valentine`s Day stuff.

That`s over 55 bucks for every person in the country.

Chocolateboxes, a popular gift, date back to the 1860s.

But few things are sweeter than the long awaitedand well deserved homecoming of U.



No, it`s not only me.

It`s them that madethat sacrifice.

I want my mom to come home.

So, this is (inaudible).

He`ll meet Dad forthe first time.

I don`t try to pull it off.

They think I`mcoming home in about three weeks.

I really just want to make – make them feelbetter about it, you know, and hopefully this.

And I can`t even explain.

Hi, mom.

The absolute joy.

I`m daddy.

Mom!Daddy! Welcome back home.

It`s tough to beat something so heartfelt.

Whether or not you love Valentine`s Day, we hope you have one sweet weekend with chocalotof fan.

We will be off Monday for the President`s Day holiday.

So we`ll look forward to seeingyou again on Tuesday.

I`m Carl Azuz.

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